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| pirit B10 Wednesday, January 24, 2018 It's been nearly 50 years since Harpers Ferry Caverns opened to tourists. 45-year-old Harpers Ferry whitewater rafting guide, found himself fascinated with the caverns' history a few years ago and now has a collectiOn that includes postcards and other memorabilia from the attraction, which operated only from 1970 to 1974. SKY-HIGH DREAMS Stoo' by Justin Griffin A look back at an underground draw that quickly went under he dramatic ' 1 ' story of l abolitionist John Brown and the Civil War battles that followed a few years later offer r plenty of reasons to come to Harpers Ferry. There's also the incredible natural beauty to be seen, plus rivers to raft and some 20 miles of hiking trails. But there's more to Harpers Ferry than meets the eye. Many may not know about the underground attraction a little over a mile from the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park that once brought in tourists. Harpers Ferry Caverns opened in 1970 and closed just four years later. LEFT: Harpers Ferry native Jeff Cogle has a collection of Harpers Ferry Caverns postcards and other relics. He never got to visit the attraction during its years of operation. It opened in June of 1970 and closed down in 1974. in 1922 - until 1966. With the money he got from the sale, he invested $500,000 to develop Harpers Ferry Caverns. Jeff Cogle never got The attraction included a to visit Harpers Ferry Caverns. found several old trackless tram that took patrons in and out of the caverns, an but the 45-year-old said he's postcards, brochures, bumperMoney proved another problemarea called Caveman Fails that always been fascinated knowing stickers, daily report sheets, safety for the caverns, which had been included a Styrofoam figure of a there is a system of caverns right check sheets and even tickets, discovered in 1967. Initially, the prehistoric man. in his hometown. He also found paperwork opening looked like just another In the caverns, Cogle As a teenager, he explored the left behind that provides clues sinkhole, discovered insights into how the remnants of the site after seeing as to why the attraction ceased H.B. Long had owned and falls worked - a receipt for a hot an old postcard at a shop in operations. "The entrance was operated two cavern attractions tub pump as well as the pump Harpers Ferry. "I was hooked." caving in," Cogle said. "Youin Virginia - Skyline Caverns, itself. said Cogle, a whitewater rafting could tell that the ground was guide and guide instructor. "I discovered and opened to theIn January of 1970, Long wrote unstable. I don't know why they public in the late 1930s in a letter to then-U.S. Sen. Jennings thought it was the coolest thing." shut down but you could tell that Front Royal, and New Market's Randolph, the West Virginia On one of Cogle's trips through they were having problems with Shenandoah Caverns, discovered the passages of the caverns, he the structure of the cavern." in 1884 and opened to the public (See CAVERNS Page Bg) Jamie Gregory stage this weekend at Abolitionist Ale Works, the craft brewery at 129 W. ton St. The begins at 8 p.m. no cover charge. Out&about Otn" weekly e tertaimfie t calendar Pottery opening I Friday Artist Anne Rule-Thompson brings together works by 45 artists from around the country to, in her words, "exhibit the beauty and intimacy of the humble cup." "The Soul-Full Cup" - the new exhibit at Rule-Thompson's Rivers Gallery and Studio in Harpers Ferry - debuts Friday, with a free open- ing reception set for 6 to 8 p.m. that night. Rule-Thompson, a Harpers Ferry resident who formerly served as the artist in residence at CraflWorks at Cool Spring just outside Charles Town, opened the gallery and studio at 1346 W. Washington St. laSt year. Artists taking part in "The Soul-Full Cup" in- clude Rule-Thompson herself, Pam Parziale, Ren Parziale, Denise Kupiszewski, Lisa Ko- vatch, Rose Mendez, Joy Bridy and dozens of others. The gallery's regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more, go to river sstudioandgallery.com. Jamie Gregory [ Saturday Music lovers will want to be in downtown Charles Town Saturday as singer Jamie Gregory performs at Abolitionist Ale Works. There's no cover charge, and the music starts at 8 p.m. The craft brewery at 129 W. Washington St. opened in June and regularly hosts live music, comedy nights and more. For details, find Abo- litionist Ale Works on Facebook. (See OUT Page B9) This mug created by Deborah Fritts is part of "The Soul-Full Cup," the new exhibit at Rivers Gallery and Studio in Harpers Ferry. An opening reception happens Friday. event.J strongly recommended. *In case of inclement weather, A Shephe!cf t,!n!ver~i~,y ,I'll:) PA I,A C t-!! I A N Release of Information Walk-In Service and Patient Financial Services are Moving! Effective January 31,2018, the Medical Records/Health Information Management (HIM) Release of Information Walk-In Service and Patient Financial Services (PFS) will be moving around the corner from Jefferson Medical Center to 115 E. Third Ave, Ranson, WV Mailing address, phone and fax numbers will remain the 300 S. Preston Street, Ranson, INV. same: , i ! ~,